RICHMOND, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island high school has broken ground on a new athletic fieldhouse that will be named in honor of a former student who died after collapsing in the middle of a soccer game four years ago.
About 300 people, including her parents and friends, showed up Sunday at Chariho High School in Richmond on what would have been Maddie Potts’ 21st birthday to break ground on the $600,000 Maddie Potts Memorial Field House.
The money was raised by a foundation established by her parents, Dan and Stephanie.
Potts collapsed on the field during a soccer game in September 2017 and died at the hospital of an asymptomatic brain aneurysm. She was 17. She was also a top student and member of the lacrosse team.
The 3,000-square-foot building will include an athletic training room, home locker room, private visiting team area, an upgraded concessions stand, indoor restrooms, a private officials locker room and a gathering area, according to the foundation.
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